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Origin and genetic diversity of human malarial parasites: the illusion of knowledge

By Ananias Escalante
October 29, 2009

TUnderstanding the extent and driving mechanisms behind the maintenance of genetic diversity in infectious disease agents is becoming a matter of great interest. Public health researchers face it wherever control strategies are deployed or tested; evolutionary biologists find it an issue of tremendous relevance as it relates to the origin of local adaptations in geographically differentiated populations, as well as, the origin of novel interspecies interactions.

Ananias Escalente’s current research focuses on molecular evolutionary biology of human and primate malaria parasites. Malaria is endemic in most of the tropical and subtropical ecosystems worldwide and exhibits great geographic diversity. In addition to basic evolutionary biology issues, he is involved in molecular epidemiology studies such as outbreak investigations, the design of epidemiologic surveillance programs in malaria drug resistance, and the effect of intervention strategies on malaria parasite populations.

Time and location:
Wednesday, October 29, 2009
3:30 - 5:00pm
Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity
ISTB-1, Room 401